German Greens party’s emails compromised by hackers

Email accounts belonging to the German Greens party have been compromised in a cybersecurity incident, a party spokesperson told POLITICO.

The party’s co-leaders Omid Nouripour and Ricarda Lang were among the victim to a hack in which some messages were forwarded to external servers, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Thursday, adding the attack also affected the party’s intranet IT system “Grüne Netz” where it exchanges confidential information.

But the party leaders were not the only victims. “More than these email addresses are affected. It is about emails with the domain ‘@gruene.de’,” a party spokesperson told POLITICO. The spokesperson declined to say whether German government officials like Annalena Baerbock or Robert Habeck were also affected.

The email accounts were not fully infiltrated and hackers had no direct access, the spokesperson said, adding that only the communication of compromised accounts was automatically forwarded.

The attacks were initially discovered by the party’s IT service provider. The Green party informed authorities and filed a legal complaint on May 30.